Oregon was the first state in the United States to legalize physician-assisted suicide. In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which allows terminally ill patients to obtain a prescription for a lethal dose of medication to end their lives.
Curry County, located on the southern coast of Oregon, has a rich and dynamic history that spans over centuries. The area was inhabited by several Native American tribes, including the Tututni, Chetco, and Siuslaw peoples, who lived off the bountiful resources of the region. European exploration of the area began in the late 16th century, with Spanish and British ships charting the coastline.

In the early 19th century, fur trappers and traders arrived in the area, establishing the first non-native settlements. However, it was not until the mid-19th century that Curry County experienced significant development. The discovery of gold in the nearby Rogue River in 1851 sparked a major influx of settlers, leading to the establishment of mining camps and the growth of towns like Port Orford and Gold Beach.

The region's economy evolved over time, with fishing and logging becoming major industries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Salmon canneries were established along the coast, drawing workers and supporting local communities. Logging operations boomed, and timber mills were built throughout the county. The arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century facilitated the transportation of goods and further fueled the area's growth.

In recent years, Curry County has faced economic challenges due to declines in the fishing and timber industries. Efforts have been made to diversify the economy through tourism and recreational activities, taking advantage of the county's stunning natural landscapes and outdoor opportunities. Today, Curry County remains a scenic coastal destination, attracting visitors from near and far to explore its history, enjoy its outdoor beauty, and experience its unique cultural heritage.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Curry County, Oregon.

  • 1853 - Curry County established on December 18
  • Late 1800s - Gold mining industry brings settlers to the area
  • 1887 - The town of Gold Beach is incorporated
  • 1919 - The Port of Gold Beach is established
  • 1928 - The town of Port Orford is incorporated
  • 1933 - Cape Blanco Lighthouse is automated
  • 1937 - The Civilian Conservation Corps constructs U.S. Route 101
  • 1959 - The Rogue River Bridge is completed, connecting Gold Beach and Harbor
  • 1972 - The Boardman State Scenic Corridor is established along the coast
  • 1991 - Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Byway is designated
  • 2002 - The Prehistoric Gardens reopens after extensive renovations